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Brief description of site

Wilton is an 18th-century landscape garden, with a 19th-century Italian garden. The gardens lie within a park, woodland and agricultural land of some 363 hectares.

Brief history of site

The land and manors at Wilton were granted to the church around AD 871 and it became an abbey. In 1542 Henry VIII gave the site to William Herbert, whose family have owned it since. A new house was built, of which only the entrance porch has survived, and enclosed a park in about 1550. Before 1623 Adrian Gilbert laid out gardens and walks. In about 1632 formal gardens were laid out to designs by Isaac de Caus. By 1669, the park included a grotto, a maze, several fountains, and possibly various new buildings. After 1733 the Wilton landscape underwent significant changes. The formal gardens were removed and re-landscaped, new avenues and garden buildings were added.

Location information:

Address: Wilton, SP2 0BJ

Locality: Salisbury

Local Authorities:

Wiltshire; Wilton

Historical County: Wiltshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 184 Grid Ref: SU100310
Latitude: 51.0782 Longitude: -1.85863


The site is south of the A36 Salisbury Road, east of Wilton.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The gardens are open from April to August every day from 11 am, and weekends only in September.

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1550

Main period of development: 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 363

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